Snoqualmie Valley educational professionals are not being subtle in letting their school district know they are seeking an equitable and respectful contract.
In two days time, Snoqualmie education professionals organized two demonstrations: one at the school board meeting Thursday, Sept. 26, 2013 and at the district headquarters before the Snoqualmie steering committee went in to bargain a new contract Friday, Sept. 27, 2013.
Over 30 classified employees marched into the boardroom and made their voices heard Thursday evening.
“It was awesome,” kitchen manager Kathy Ryan said. “There was standing room only.”
Additionally, the group was allowed to speak and share their stories to the board.
Then Friday, about 20 classified staff professionals showed up before bargaining began.
Education professionals all donned PSE blue shirts to show solidarity at each event.
Education support professionals plan on making another appearance at the next school board meeting Oct. 10, 2013 at 6:30.
“We hope you join us,” Ryan said.
In 2005, Public School Employees of Washington members voted to affiliate with Service Employees International Union (SEIU).
With 1 million members who are public service workers, including school employees across the nation and a total of 2.1 million members, SEIU is one of the largest and is the fastest growing unions in the country. By uniting the strength of workers who do similar types of work, SEIU works to increase funding to improve the quality of public services and help public service workers win better wages and benefits.
SEIU is strongly committed to growth of its membership as the key to achieving its broader mission to improve the lives of working people and their families. SEIU is the fastest growing union, and was among the first to organize public employees. SEIU is committed to the principle of organizing workers and servicing its members through supporting the efforts of its locals, and has a long maintained a tradition of local autonomy — which recognizes and respects the right of its locals to direct their own organization.
To visit the SEIU website, click here.
SEIU local unions in Washington:
SEIU Local 925 has 23,000 public school, early learning, university, and local government members. PSE has more in common with Local 925 than other SEIU locals and we work together frequently in Olympia and in some school districts.
SEIU Local 775 30,000 long-term care workers, including individual provider homecare workers, private sector homecare workers and nursing home workers around the state.
SEIU Local 1199NW had 20,000 nurses, hospital, clinic and mental health workers throughout the state.
SEIU Local 49 represents more than 7,000 property services and healthcare workers in Oregon and Southwest Washington.
SEIU Local 6 represents 2,800 property services workers including janitors and security officers in the Puget Sound region.
SEIU Local 519 represents more than 500 employees from a wide spectrum of public safety fields in King County.
At a time when many other national unions are losing members, SEIU is aggressively organizing, largely in the fast-growing service industries.
Click here to visit the SEIU Constitution & Bylaws website.
Oregon state lawmakers on Sunday (July 7) passed a bill to create a task force to study ways to expand retirement savings options for private sector workers. The bill now goes to Governor John Kitzhaber’s desk for approval.
The SEIU Retirement Security Campaign credits the success of the bill, which faced strong opposition from the financial industry, to the efforts of the Retirement in Reach coalition made up of Oregon labor groups, retirement security advocates, lawmakers and workers.
SEIU Local 503, which represents Oregon state employees, university workers, care providers, local government, and non-profit employees, is a member of the Coalition.
The Retirement in Reach coalition agreed with SEIU’s Retirement Security Campaign: too many people, after decades of hard work, cannot retire with dignity. The system must be fixed.
Read a news report here.
Click here for more information on HB 3436C.
SEIU represents over 100,000 workers in health care, public services, and property services throughout Washington State. Our locals are organized along the following industry lines to focus and consolidate our members’ power.
Public School Employees of WA/SEIU Local 1948: Represents over 27,000 educational support professionals in 178 school districts, Central Washington University, Western Washington University and Eastern Washington University. Offices in Auburn, Vancouver, Spokane, Olympia and Kennewick.
President: Kim Wilson; Executive Director: George Dockins
SEIU Local 925: Unites over 23,000 education and public service workers including famil
y childcare providers, University of Washington employees, K-12 staff in 25 school districts, and local government and non-profit employees. Offices in Seattle, Everett, Bellingham, Vancouver, Bremerton, Spokane and Kennewick.
President: Karen Hart
SEIU Healthcare 1199NW: Represents 22,000 nurses, healthcare workers, state employees, and mental health workers in private and public sector hospitals including Harborview, and state agencies including DSHS and DOH, and agencies statewide. Offices in Renton, Tacoma, Spokane and Yakima.
President: Diane Sosne, RN, MN
SEIU Healthcare 775NW: Represents over 42,000 long-term care workers, including individual provider homecare workers, private sector homecare and adult day health workers, and nursing home workers in Washington and Montana. HQ in Seattle, small offices in Olympia, Spokane, Tri-Cities, Bremerton, Everett, Vancouver and Helena, MT.
President: David Rolf
SEIU Local 6: Represents over 4,200 property services workers including janitors and security officers in the Puget Sound region. Office in Seattle.
President: Sergio Salinas
SEIU Local 49: Represents over 7,000 property services and healthcare workers in Oregon and Southwest Washington. Office in Portland, Oregon.
President: Meg Niemi
Each SEIU local union in Washington maintains its autonomy. The locals often coordinate legislative and political activities through the SEIU Washington State Council, which meets monthly.
PSE has stepped up efforts to oppose SB 5905 that would require many part-time school workers and some higher education employees to get their health insurance through the new state Health Insurance Exchange instead of through their School District or through the Public Employee Benefits Board (PEBB).
Many health insurance changes are coming as a result of the passage of the federal Affordable Care Act or Obamacare. K-12 and higher education employees could be eligible for subsidized coverage through the newly-created state health insurance exchange or completely covered under an expansion of the federal Medicaid program. (more…)
Nearly 60 higher education exempt employees at The Evergreen State College in Olympia went on strike yesterday (May 28) to protest the lack of a contract agreement with the university administration.
The Student Support Services Staff Union, which represents counselors, advisors, resident directors and other student support employees at The Evergreen State College (TESC) campus in Olympia, voted May 15 to authorize a strike after efforts with a state mediator failed to reach a resolution.
The workers are striking over process for disciplinary actions: just cause and compensation. Bargaining on their first contract started 16 months ago. The TESC Student Support Services Staff are non-management exempt staff who won collective bargaining rights under 2007 legislation.
Staff Writer | Tacoma News Tribune
In a case that could set a national precedent, Pacific Lutheran University is taking legal steps this week to block the formation of a union to represent contingent faculty members at the Parkland university.
The university, which has held occasional conversations for months with representatives of those temporary faculty members, has filed objections with the National Labor Relations Board to an election that would determine whether the Service Employees International Union will represent 176 contingent faculty members in negotiations concerning wages, benefits and working conditions.
In a recent article, the Washington Post’s Harold Meyerson profiled new and unique organizing initiatives, including the Fast Food Forward campaign, in the American Prospect. “[Wednesday] was a red-letter day in the annals of worker mobilization in post-collective bargaining America,” wrote Meyerson, “In Chicago, hundreds of fast-food and retail employees who work in the Loop and along the Magnificent Mile called a one-day strike and demonstrated for a raise to $15 an hour and the right to form a union.
“SEIU is one of several major unions shifting their focus to actions that publicize the economic and social costs of ever-growing low-wage employment,” Meyerson wrote.
Read the entire piece from the American Prospect.